Botswana: Ministry Empowers Youth Development Fund Beneficiaries

Mochudi — The Kgatleng office of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSECD) recently held a week-long workshop to empower this year's Youth Development Fund (YDF) beneficiaries.

Speaking during the closing ceremony, the MYSECD Coordinator, Mr Alec Mapotu thanked his team for their dedication to deliver results on time.

He said MYSECD Kgatleng is the first to complete the task and has held that position for long and hopes they keep it up.

Mr Mapotu encouraged the beneficiaries, to like his team, remain dedicated to their projects and pay back the loans for others to also benefit from the programme.

He said all the hard work and time taken by all stakeholders to impart business skills and knowledge to them should not go to waste, but be used to grow the companies and to also empower their employees.

He urged the beneficiaries to not hesitate to ask for assistance, should they require it, from either his office or other stakeholders.

Mr Mapotu encouraged the beneficiaries to assist other youth to access the loans or form partnerships to grow their businesses and expand their brands.

Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Business Advisor, Mr Mothusi Solomon said they are determined to go an extra mile in ensuring that Batswana's businesses grow to compete both locally and internationally.

He advised the beneficiaries to never forget the tools that helped them to get where they are to achieve their set goals, advising them to always refer to what they learnt and to the officers if they need assistance.

He reiterated the need for the beneficiaries to work hard to be able to pay back the loans.

For one horticulture beneficiary, Thapelo Rakgola the workshop was an eye opener as he has been doing his business for the past four years but had nothing to show for it.

He said the workshop taught him a lot and hopes to grow from all the lessons learnt and pass them onto others for them to also grow their businesses.

Mr Rakgola encouraged other beneficiaries to improve where they have been lacking, using the skills acquired from the workshop.

He thanked the government for the opportunity given to the youth and urged them to repay the loan so others can also benefit.

Ms Lerato Kgwefane, who has also benefitted from the fund for poultry services, said she was grateful for the skills they received, adding that she is ready to rally other youth from her village to take advantage of the opportunity to sustain their lives.

She said the workshop material was really helpful and promised to grow the business even more. Ms Kgwefane thanked her 'teammates' for also encouraging each other when the going was tough.

Source : BOPA

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